This AirBnB experience convinced me and my fiance to NEVER stay in a hotel on vacation ever again. We were looking for a retreat and boy, did we find it!
Dennis's place was so ideal, we didn't want to leave. In fact, if he hadn't had another reservation coming in, we would have stayed an extra day! The property is in a very quiet, residential area, just a few minutes from the beach and quaint downtown Venice. We were lucky enough to be the only guests at the property on our trip. Our unit appeared to be recently renovated, was clean, and had cute, beachy decor. Despite only being 1BD/1BA, the place felt spacious and was perfect for a couple...and our dog! (We enjoyed several walks a day in the sleepy neighborhood and felt totally safe. Dennis, thank you so much for allowing pets at your property! So important to us!) We took advantage of the generous amenities... a well-equipped kitchen (we only ate out twice during our 5-day stay... and speaking of which, we highly recommend Anita's Homestyle Restaurant!), huge "smart" TVs with Netflix and Hulu apps, a big yard with a doggie waste station and baggies provided (the yard is not completely fenced in, FYI for those with dogs and small children), fairly new laundry machines, and a beautiful saltwater pool with a screened cage (we never want to swim in a chlorine pool again!). We really appreciated the lack of obnoxious signage with rules and do-nots, etc. (Decent, responsible adults do not need to be reminded to treat someone else's home with respect.) As a result, we felt more welcomed and relaxed, so the place felt like OUR home instead of a vacation rental for the short time we were there. Dennis was a FANTASTIC HOST!!! He was so friendly and responsive to our many questions, replying to messages quickly and being proactive with the couple of maintenance issues that came up during our stay. We would come back to Dennis's place again tomorrow... correction, TODAY! We honestly have not had a better vacation lodging experience. Thanks, Dennis!